The Baltimore Orioles finished the disappointing 2017 season with 87 losses and 75 wins.
Despite the record going in the wrong way and the season ending with the Baltimore Orioles finishing in last place in the AL East, the team is still loved by their fans.
Let’s take a look at 87 reasons why the Orioles are still the best baseball team:
87. They didn’t have 88 losses.
86. Hat giveaways
85. Fundraisers and food drives at Camden Yards
84. The Players’ Weekend
83. Ubaldo Jimenez is a free agent
82. Manny Machado being Manny and showing up at the All-Star Game
81. The Orioles were not sellers
80. Wade Miley finished first in one pitching category – he walked the most batters in the MLB (93).
78. Chance Sisco showing hope for the future
77. World Series Championships in ’66, ’70, ’83
76. Those black away jerseys
75. The Oriole Bird mascot
74. The 17-12 record in August
73. Despite giving up the 4th most hits (208) in the AL, Kevin Gausman gave up the 10th most runs (99)
72. Going 12-7 against the Blue Jays
71. The 15-8 record in April
70. Manny Machado could still win a post-season award for his grand slam walk-off.
69. Joe Angel in the WIIIIIIIIIIIN column
68. Next year is an even year – 2012, 2014, 2016 all were playoff appearances
67. Seniors Run the Bases
66. Jeremy Hellickson is a free agent
65. Jim Palmer
64. Pedro Alvarez in September
62. Adam Jones and those pies
61. The Beltway Series
60. Sweeping the Boston Red Sox at the end of August
59. Schoop, Machado, and Beckham earning Player of the Week honors within four weeks
58. Machado’s walk-off against the Oakland A’s in August
57. Three walk-off wins in the first six games of September
56. Alumni Autograph Series at Camden Yards
57. Chris Tillman is a free agent
56. Miguel Castro can pitch
55. So can Gabriel Ynoa
54. One more year with Manny Machado
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53. The home run “battle” between Machado (33) and Jonathan Schoop (32)
52. Fond memories of Mark Trumbo in 2016
51. Chris Davis hit 26 home runs in 2014, then hit 47 in 2015 (fingers crossed for 2018)
49. Creative nicknames from the Players’ Weekend: Beef, Mr. Miami, Odachowski, Swaggy T, Mambo, Crush, Flash, Pappo
48. Jonathan Schoop turned more double plays (132) than any other second baseman in the MLB.
47. Chris Davis did not lead the AL in strikeouts (195)
46. Chris Davis and Khris Davis tied with the third more strikeouts in AL
46. Trey Mancini finished 14th in the AL in batting average (highest for a rookie)
45. Machado (630) and Schoop (622) had 3rd and 5th most hits in the AL.